Historical Events in April 1958

  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 Marshal Nikolai Bulganin becomes director of Soviet State Bank
  • Apr 2 Antillean Brewery (Amstel beer) opens
  • Apr 2 Wind speed reaches a record 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Apr 3 Abe Burrows, Richard and Marian Bissell's comedy "Say, Darling" opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 332 performances
  • Apr 4 1st march against nuclear weapons from London to Aldermaston, England, home of the Defence Ministry's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)

Film & TV History

Apr 4 Cheryl Crane (14), daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defense; crime later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

  • Apr 4 Eugene Ionesco's "Tueur sans Gages" premieres in Darmstadt
  • Apr 4 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London
  • Apr 5 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest ever non-nuclear controlled explosions

US Masters Golf

Apr 6 22nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of his 4 Masters titles, 1 stroke ahead of Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins; first of his 7 major titles

  • Apr 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
  • Apr 10 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • Apr 11 Brooks Hall in Civic Center dedicated in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 12 Flemish Open air museum opens in Bokrijk
  • Apr 13 12th Tony Awards: "Sunrise at Campobello" and "Music Man" win
  • Apr 13 Van Cliburn is the first American to win the Chaikovsky Compettion in Moscow.

Space Dog Laika Launched to her Death

Apr 14 Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard burns up during reentry into Earth's atmosphere

Emmy Awards

Apr 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

  • Apr 15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • Apr 16 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Apr 16 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis

Historic Event

Apr 17 Brussels World Fair opens in Belgium, with a model by chemist Rosalind Franklin who had died of cancer the day before

Historic Event

Apr 18 A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.

  • Apr 18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Apr 18 NL single-game record crowd of 78,682 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodgers win over San Francisco Giants, 6-5
  • Apr 20 Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
  • Apr 20 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Montreal Canadiens' 3-peat; beat Boston Bruins, 5-3 for a 4-2 for series win
  • Apr 21 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalić of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54

Sports History

Apr 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

  • Apr 23 Robert Kurka's "The Good Soldier Schweik", with libretto written by Abe Meeropol, premieres at the New York City Opera
  • Apr 24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
  • Apr 28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Historic Event

Apr 28 US Vice President Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America

  • Apr 28 Vanguard TV-5 launched for Earth orbit (failed)

Baseball Record

Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits